Is a volunteer firefighter considered an employee?

It does not matter whether firefighters are termed “volunteers”, are considered employees, or are identified by any other name, if the work they do is subject to the will and control of the payer, under the common-law rules, they are employees for Federal tax purposes.

Is there a tax deduction for being a volunteer firefighter?

Volunteer fire fighters can’t claim any work-related deductions. Any government assistance payments you receive as a volunteer are not taxable. You don’t need to include these payments in your tax return.

What deductions can I claim as a firefighter?

You can claim a deduction for costs you incur to buy, hire, repair or replace clothing, uniforms and footwear you wear at work if it’s: protective clothing you wear to protect yourself from specific risks of injury or illness at work.

Do volunteer firefighters have to respond to every call?

Depending on the department, volunteer firefighters may respond 24/7 to any dispatched incidents or be split into response shifts. Response to incidents may be required during shifts, or a periodic run percentage may be required to maintain active status on a combination or volunteer department.

Why are they called volunteer firefighters?

They called because they need professional firefighters trained to handle any situation thrown at them.

Do volunteer firemen get a pension?

The Volunteer Firefighters’ and Reserve Officers’ Relief and Pension System provides death, disability, medical, and retirement benefits to volunteer firefighters, reserve officers, and emergency medical workers in cities, towns, and fire protection districts.

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Why do firefighters not get paid more?

In general, a good rule of thumb is “no, volunteer firefighters don’t get paid”. This not necessarily because the departments don’t want to pay their volunteers, but because it’s a bit of a legal minefield thanks to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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